Visiting Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has said Myanmar must take back its nationals as there should be a permanent solution to the crisis.
Sushma Swaraj said this when she met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Sunday.
PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
“Myanmar must take back their nationals…this is a big burden for Bangladesh. How long will Bangladesh bear it? There should be a permanent solution to this crisis,” Sushma was quoted as saying.
Ihsanul Karim said the Indian Foreign Minister called on the international community to contribute to social and economic development of the Rakhine State of Myanmar.
About terrorist acts in Rakhine, Sushma said terrorists can be punished. “Why innocent people?” she said.
Sushma appreciated the Bangladesh stance and the Prime Minister for showing humanitarian attitude to the forcibly displaced people of Myanmar.
On the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Myanmar, she said Modi told Aung San Suu Kyi that she has a very bright international image and why should destroy it.
The Indian Foreign Minister said during her meeting with her Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali discussed various issues, including the delay of some projects under the Line of Credit.
She also expressed her satisfaction over the current state of India-Bangladesh relation.
Ihsanul Karim said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the Indian minister that Bangladesh has given shelter to Rohingyas on humanitarian ground and mentioned that Bangladesh has engagement with Myanmar and Bangladesh’s Home Minister will visit Myanmar shortly.
During the meeting, Sushma Swaraj handed over a 38 caliber service revolver used during the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
Based on a request received from the Bangladesh National Museum, the government of India has gifted one MI-4 helicopter, two PT-6 tanks and 25 different kinds of arms.
India also gifted the colour copy of the original surrender certificate, colour copy of original refugee relief postal stamps, color copies of refugee relief postal stationeries, colour copies of original leaflets airdropped in Bangladesh, and a large number of artifacts and documents of the independence struggle including historical photographs, archival audio and video clippings, maps, battle records, newspaper clippings and documentary films.
Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali, PM’s Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury were present at the meeting from Bangladesh side, while Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla were present from Indian side.